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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 127

The daily beer painting is of none other than my world famous homebrew known as Clendan Ale.  I know that I said I was going to brew smaller batches, around the one-gallon size, but this Year of Beer project has actually required more commercial beer than normal.  I am proud to show off my Clendan Ale, as it is the perfect example of a session ale!  Right in there at 4.2%, this is a perfect all day sipper.  I still won’t operate heavy equipment after drinking it, or any other beer for that matter.

This beer is 100% Centennial hops with a small hop bursting sequence for the last 15 minutes of the boil.  It tastes like a fruity, hoppy pale ale.  I like Centennial hops, half the formula for a Pacific Northwest pale ale, the other half being Cascade.  I’m almost done brewing for the season, as all my fermenters are full, and the temperatures are getting too high for fermentation (yes, even in Alaska)!  This weekend I’ll brew a couple of batches of beer for my sister’s wedding in July, and that will be it for the year.

Cabin building season is here!  What could be better than homebrew after a full day of building a log home?  Well, the Benner Clendaniel Homestead is getting more homelike every season, hoping to enclose the house next summer 2015!

Here’s a shout-out to Coach Mac at Begich Middle School, who inspired me to paint this homebrew beer painting!  Hope your track and field team did really well yesterday!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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beer painting of homebrew pale ale in a kerr mason pint jar year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.07. Clendan Ale Homebrewed Pale Ale in a Kerr Mason Pint Jar. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 86

Today’s beer painting is of my favorite homebrew of all time known as the SPR, Scott’s Private Reserve.  All great beers have three-letter name acronyms: IPA, ESB, APA, PBR, and now SPR.  I named my favorite beer after myself, because I wanted people to know that I made it.  This is the first beer recipe I made 100% on my own, and I am constantly monkeying with the formula, mostly because I try to keep my homebrew affordable, and I use ingredients that are freshest and readily available.  Large doses of dark grain and hops make this dark beer more of a porter than a stout.  I brewed this particular dark ale with California ale yeast #5 from White Labs, the liquid yeast that comes in a vial.  This yeast produces a fruity quality in the brew.  I used exclusively Simcoe hops, which is one of my favorites.  Normally utilized as a bittering hop, this high alpha hop does the trick nicely.  Simcoe has a piney citrus aroma that will knock your hat in the creek!  I brewed three batches in a row, each with different hops and yeast.  The dark grain is always delicious with any combination of yeast and hops to go along with it.  This is a session beer that is not too strong.  I hate hangovers and I brew this one to be consumed during the long dark winter when people gather and have deep conversations in Alaska.  I keep the beer light in alcohol, but high in flavor to enhance the moment.

Here’s to homebrewing!  A fun hobby with great results!  If you haven’t had an SPR, stop by and I’ll pour one out for ya!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

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Beer painting of homebrew stout in mason kerr pint jar year of beer

Year of Beer 03.27. Scott’s Private Reserve Homebrew. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.